Hello All! Wall art was an interesting assignment for me to say the least! I primarily do all wall art for the gallery so I thought this week might be easy! I was wrong! There are a few different segments of the wall art market, and of course Lilla based the assignment on the one I most have an issue with… abstract! I don’t own abstract art, I don’t decorate with it, I really just don’t care for it all that much. So, of course I kept starting paintings and pretty much could never get past that starting point with anything I liked. I can recognize good abstract art, but I never feel satisfied creating it so I had a rough few days working on it. I finally came away with something I liked, but I don’t think it really fit the assignment. I tried, but at a certain point I won’t push myself to create things I don’t like because whats the point of being a creative if you hate it? So I found a middle ground for myself.
I used some dylusions ink sprays for the Blue/Green background on wood. Dug through my lace stash and colored it yellow with my Dylusions ink spray. I thought maybe I was done with the background step, but it seemed to lack a real artist touch for me. There was really no mark making that seemed authentic so I grabbed my trusty white Uni-ball Signo pen and my thicker Sharpie poster paint pens and added some doodle details. I scanned all that in and then started working on my lettering. I haven’t done much hand lettering or type in my work so I knew I was going to need to do it on another piece of paper and keep trying till I got happy with the words. It took many many pages to get happy, but I finally did find just the right versions of the words.
So then I edited the lettering up in photoshop and changed it to white so it would stand out. I scanned in a few more texture layers of a vintage ledger and a crackled encaustic background. I tweaked them all a bit and finally came up with my final piece.
I included all the bits I was supposed to like florals and lettering for the assignment, but I don’t think it was quite as abstract as it was supposed to be. If this had been a real job offer though I honestly think I would have passed on it, because I knew it really wasn’t me and it ended up being WAY more of headache than it would have been worth. I do like what I came up with. I think it’ll actually go in my studio space. I do really like the wall art market as that is what I do 90% of the time and can see myself really trying to work at licensing work in this area, but I’ll stay away from the abstracts for the foreseeable future.